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Surprise
Maricopa County, Arizona

ZipCodes
85374

Motto
A City on the Move



Page Contents for Surprise, Arizona

Statistics & Facts

Location

History & History-related items

City Attractions

Government

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.

Schools.

Miscellany



Statistics & Facts

The Arizona state capital is Phoenix.
The population of Surprise is approximately 45,000 2002, 117517 2010.
The approximate number of families is 5,256 1990, 43272 2010.
The amount of land area in Surprise is 161.335 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.035 sq kilometers.
The distance from Surprise to Washington DC is 2099 miles.
The distance to the Arizona state capital is 25 miles. (as the crow flies)
Surprise is positioned 33.66 degrees north of the equator and 112.46 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Surprise average annual rainfall is 7.06 inches per year
The average low temperature is 55.4 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 85 degrees F.

Location

in the Phoenix/Mesa general area about 25 minutes west of downtown Phoenix along Hwy 60.
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History & History Related Items

The founder of Surprise was Homer C. Ludden who, in 1937, subdivided a square mile parcel of land into low-cost home sites for the local agricultural workers. He named it after his home town in Nebraska. Before this time, there was little in the area but a few small homes and a gas station.

Here is a history page for Surprise.
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The founding of Surprise

1937

The incorporation of Surprise

1960


Attractions

Surprise is one of Arizona's fastest growing cities. In 2002, they say a new home is completed every three hours! The population projections are that the numbers will exceed 300,000 by 2020!

West Valley Art Museum
This museum has five exhibit halls with many pieces of art.

Luke Air Force Base is located near the city of Surprise.
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Surprise City Government

City of Surprise12425 W Bell Rd
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: 623-583-1080
Fax: 623-583-1399
Email

The City of Surprise is governed by a mayor, six council members and a city manager.



Surprise Fire Department
Phone: 623.583.8225 non-emergency
fire@surpriseaz.com


Surprise Police Department
12425 W. Bell Rd., #A-105
Surprise, Arizona 85374
Phone: 623-583-1085
TDD: 623-583-1079
Fax: 623-583-2087
Email

Surprise Chamber

Northwest Valley Chamber of Commerce
12801 W. Bell Rd., Ste. 14
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: 623-583-0692
Fax: 623-583-0694
Email
Serving the communities of El Mirage, Surprise, Youngtown, Sun City and Sun City West

Surprise Organizations

Northwest Valley Chamber of Commerce
12801 W. Bell Rd., Ste. 14
Surprise, AZ 85374
Phone: 623-583-0692
Fax: 623-583-0694
Email
Serving the communities of El Mirage, Surprise, Youngtown, Sun City and Sun City West

Surprise Schools

The children of Surprise attend schools in either the Dysart Unified School District or the Paradise Education Center a K-8 charter school


Dysart Unified School District #8


Kingswood School
15150 W Mondell Rd
Surprise, AZ 85374-3434
Phone: 623-876-7600


Surprise Elementary School
12907 W Greenway Rd
Surprise, AZ 85374-4023
Phone: 623-876-7400 Surprise

Miscellany

The population of Surprise was:
1990 - 7,122
2000 - 45,000

the Maricopa Association of Governments expects the population of Surprise to exceed 80,000 by the year of 2005.


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